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(Compass) — Five Afghan men who had converted to Christianity have been killed in separate incidents since late June near the borders of eastern Afghanistan . The first death was reported on July 1 by Reuters news agency, which received a telephone call from a Taliban spokesman announcing the murder of Mullah Assad Ullah the previous day in Ghazni province. “A group of Taliban dragged out Mullah Assad Ullah and slit his throat with a knife because he was propagating Christianity,” the man told Reuters. The murder of another Christian convert who had gone to visit Assad Ullah’s family was confirmed on August 7. The body of Naveed ul-Rehman was discovered in early August near his abandoned car in Awdand. Three more Afghan Christians were stabbed or beaten to death in separate incidents on July 15, July 23 and July 28. Each left behind a wife and several children.